The Continuing Adventures of SuperPreemie

I think she wants to move to Australia…

Posted on: January 14, 2010

Monday was, for Shoshanna, the very definition of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

  • At school, the boys were teasing her during art class because she wants to be a football player.*
  • She got on yellow because she threatened to draw on B (who, from what she says, is the biggest behavior problem in her class) with a crayon because he was annoying her.
  • The boys were distracting her in art class and they made her mess up her project because she couldn’t concentrate.**
  • Her behavior at ballet was so out of control that she has to earn back the right to go next week through good behavior.***
  • She had some unfinished work that she had to complete at home when what she really wanted to do was draw.

At the end of the day, she just looked sad and said, “I had a REALLY BAD DAY.”

* Bonus points to her art teacher who swooped in and told the boys about a girl football player she knew.
** This is a common refrain.
*** We have a chart with tutus drawn on it.  Every time we have to tell her multiple times to do something, we mark off a tutu.  If she has 14 or fewer marked off tutus next Monday, she gets to go to ballet.

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3 Responses to "I think she wants to move to Australia…"

Thank you. Thank you SO much. I love the tutu chart. I need something right now, something new, in terms of getting the Kid to focus and do what she’s asked and I don’t know, LISTEN (things tend to get dangerous when she doesn’t listen) and our old standbys are just that – OLD and not effective because of the old. So the chart. So simple yet brilliant. Must now figure out our chart goals/expectations. I’m a sucker for a chart (and she, a suck for stickers).

Meanwhile, what an awful day! I feel for her, poor thing.

The boys were distracting her in art class and they made her mess up her project because she couldn’t concentrate.**
Her behavior at ballet was so out of control that she has to earn back the right to go next week through good behavior.***
She had some unfinished work that she had to complete at home when what she really wanted to do was draw.

Ye gods! This child, Shoshanna, is just 5 years old!! I know I am not a parent but I have been a child, and I have known (and taught) children. Of course she wanted to draw at home: the boys had kept her from doing it at school. I can’t imagine what it was she did at ballet but obviously she was still upset by action at school class. Drawing at home would have satisfied her and then she could have done the “unfinished work” she HAD to complete at home.

Poor Shoshanna! What a day! Nice job finding a way to help her channel her frustrations about the day into learning how she can improve her response to them. There will always be art class boys in life, after all.

PS I like the tutu chart a LOT!

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